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Michael Schumacher was born on 3 January 1969 in western Germany. Schumacher started his career at the age of four where he could be found racing around his local go-kart tracks with his brother Ralf. By the age of sixteen, he was runner-up in the Junior World Championships, and then two years later he became the European Champion.
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Michael Schumacher's Early Career
In 1990, Michael Schumacher became the Mercedes-Benz team driver in the Sports Car World Championship and the German Formula 3 Champion. One year later in 1991, Michael Schumacher made his F1 debut at the Belgian Grand Prix as a replacement driver for the Jordan F1 team. One year on from that race he took his first F1 victory in Belgium, in a Benetton-Ford.
Michael Schumcaher surpassed his third and fourth place finishes in the Driver Championship in 1992 and 1993 by landing the 1994 World Drivers Title, which he dedicated to Aryton Senna - "the man who deserved to get it". In 1995 Michael impressively defended his title by winning nine out of the seventeen Grand Prix races.
Michael Schumacher's Ferrari Era
After four and a half years with Benetton, Michael Schumacher signed a contract with Ferrari in 1996, with the objective of bringing the World Championship once again back to Maranello. Under his influence, the Italian team restructured itself and only narrowly missed out on the World Title in both 1997 and 1998.
Michael Schumacher's Silverstone Nightmare
The 1999 season was an emotional roller-coaster ride for Schumacher. At Silverstone he suffered the first serious accident of his career. The double fracture of his right leg he sustained forced him to withdraw from the Championship for six Grand Prix races. On his return in Malaysia, Michael celebrated a glorious come-back to the sport by aiding the Scuderia team to win the Constructors' World Title.
Ferrai's Holy Grail Comes True
In 2000 Michael Schumacher delivered on his promise by bringing the Driver's Title home to Ferrari for the first time in 21 years, and thus bringing his tally up to three World Titles. The 2001 season was dominated by both Michael and Ferrari, with Michael winning nine races and obtaining eleven pole positions. The 2001 season soon became known as the "Record Year", as numerous records were broken along the way. These included highest number of Grand Prix wins, highest number of F1 points scored and the highest number of fastest laps. 2002 was no different as Michael cemented his name further into the history pages of the sport by securing his third successive drivers (5th in total), and Ferrari's second constructors World Championships.
Although Michael would go on to claim his 6th world Drivers Title in 2003 it was not as easy as he had it in 2002. Due to the new points scoring system brought in to help lower budget teams have a chance to receive some points the battle came down to the final race in Japan. With one of his worst races to date by coming 8th, Michael gained the 1 point he needed to win the title beating both McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen, and Williams Juan Pablo Montoya.
Ferrari's dominance returned in 2004 as possible threats from team mate Barrichello and BAR's Jenson Button never really emerged. In sharp contrast the 2005 season saw Michael Schumacher's dominace end.
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Michael Schumacher's Swan Song
Michael Schumacher's Legacy
For many people, Michael's ambition, self-discipline, and totally commitment are the main characterisitcs that have helped him become the most successfull Formula 1 driver in the history of the sport.
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